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Tell the MPAA: Stop the Marketing of Violent PG-13 Movies to Young Children

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 by Maggie LaBarbera

I just told the Motion Picture Association of America to stop the movie industry from marketing violent PG-13 movies to young children. Will you join me? Please take action at

The tragic shootings in Newtown have shined a spotlight on the effects of media violence. Over the past few years, thousands of parents have called on the Motion Picture Association of America to stop companies from marketing violent PG-13 movies to preschoolers, but the MPAA has refused to act. Now MPAA chairman (and former senator) Chris Dodd is saying that Hollywood is ready to take part in the national dialogue about violence. But we need more than words.  It is long past time for the movie industry to stop marketing violence to young children.  

Regardless of the role violent media played or didn’t play in the Newtown shootings, media violence is a very real public health issue. Children exposed to violent media at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life.

Marketing PG-13 movies to preschoolers undermines the film industry’s rating system, sends a confusing message to parents, and increases the chance that young children will be exposed to media violence. Please tell the MPAA: Stop the marketing of violence to young children at





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